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bonny

or bon·nie

[bon-ee]
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adjective, bon·ni·er, bon·ni·est.
  1. Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.
  2. British Dialect.
    1. (of people) healthy, sweet, and lively.
    2. (of places) placid; tranquil.
    3. pleasing; agreeable; good.
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adverb
  1. British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well.
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noun
  1. Scot. and North England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.
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Origin of bonny

1425–75; late Middle English (Scots) bonie, perhaps < Old French bon good + -ie -y1, perhaps by analogy with jolie jolly
Related formsbon·ni·ly, adverbbon·ni·ness, noun

Bonnie

or Bon·ny

[bon-ee]
noun
  1. a female given name: from the Latin word meaning “good.”
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Related Words

blithe, buxom, cheerful, chubby, comely, fair, fine, gay, handsome, healthy, merry, plump, pretty, ravishing, sportive, strong

Examples from the Web for bonny

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  • Here be lilies in the cheeks, and not roses such as befit a bonny bride.

  • Naething but a bonny wee bairnie, whause mither has tint it!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • It's no possible he's ever seen the bonny man as I hae seen him!'

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • The earth-house had no longer any attraction for Steenie: the bonny man was not there; he was risen!

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • And a scraichin fear grippit me, 'at I was turnin fause to the bonny man.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for bonny

bonny

adjective -nier or -niest
  1. Scot and Northern English dialect beautiful or handsomea bonny lass
  2. merry or livelya bonny family
  3. good or finea bonny house
  4. (esp of babies) plump
  5. Scot and Northern English dialect considerable; to be reckoned withcost a bonny penny
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adverb
  1. informal agreeably or wellto speak bonny
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Derived Formsbonnily, adverb

Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old French bon good, from Latin bonus

Bonny

noun
  1. Bight of Bonny a wide bay at the E end of the Gulf of Guinea off the coasts of Nigeria and CameroonFormer name (until 1975): Bight of Biafra
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Word Origin and History for bonny

adj.

1540s, of unknown origin, apparently from Old French bon, bone "good" (see bon).

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